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Podcaster rejected, trouble brews

Posted September 15, 2008 10:11 AM by Chris Seibold
Categories: Apple Applications Design News 

imageApple has rejected for inclusion in the App store and this time it isn’t something as silly as Pull My Finger. The rejected application this time has actual functionality and is called PodCaster. PodCaster, as the name implies, is a program designed to give you some more control over podcasts. And that is where the trouble started. Apple rejected PodCaster because:

...Podcaster assists in the distribution of podcasts, it duplicates the functionality of the Podcast section of iTunes.

Except that Podcaster had more functionality than what Apple built in. See, with iTunes you have to plug your iPhone into the computer to load up your podcasts with Podcaster you can do it all over Wi-Fi. But wait there’s more. It isn’t as if you can’t already find scads of redundant Apps in the App store. Every calculator is redundant, every clock, every weather application and so on. Clearly redundancy hasn’t been a big sticking point before.

As you might imagine there is plenty of outrage to go around. Developers are vowing to stop developing, and pundits are seething. The most reasoned response comes from James Stoup at out sister site Apple Matters. James chalks the whole thing up to stupidity instead of malice.

If you still want Podcaster, you’re not completely screwed the program is being distributed in an ad hoc method for now. Get it while you can.


  1. This is typical anti-competitive behavior. Locking operating system to hardware platform and then killing off all competition.
    What if Microsoft didn’t allow firefox or any other to be installed on windows because it duplicated Internet Explorer’s functionality. Everyone would be outraged then!
    To all Apple Apologists - What is wrong with you people? You really don’t see anything wrong with that?
    To all talented iphone developers - stop coding for this closed monopoly.

    Posted by micks on September 15, 2008 1:00 PM
  2. Microsoft is really losing it in the evil stakes these days. They used to be really good at evil. Now Apple is kicking their backsides for evil. When Steve Jobs goes “MuWAAAhahahaha!”, the brainwashed minions listen. His henchmen are really loyal, not just getting paid to be. Poor Ballmer.

    Posted by David Gerard on September 20, 2008 5:21 PM

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